12 Audition thoughts

This is an article from William James, Principal Percussion player at St. Louis Phil - there´s some real gems for anyone going for an audition :

Too Many Tubas

Put another way: if an orchestra was a speaker set-up, the tuba would be the subwoofer, and its dial would go to 11. Orchestras need 30 violins to keep things balanced, or else, when the tuba played forte, they’d be drowned out by the instrument’s hypnotic, booming, brassy moan.